Summary of music news, March 24, 2022

The 11th edition Alberta Country Music Awards took place in Red Deer on March 20. Bringing home three trophies was Pretty horsewhile Towns of Tenille and Hailey Benedict won two each. Other notable winners include Aaron Goodvin, The Road Hammers, Drew Gregory, The Prairie States and Ryan Lindsay. See the full list of winners here.

– The final showdown for this year WILD project The competition takes place on March 26 at the King Eddy in Calgary, featuring performances by the top 3 finalists from Alberta, Drew Gregory, Kyle McKearneyand Shaela Miller. They are competing for some of the most lucrative prizes in the country – $100,000 for first, $75,000 for second and $50,000 for third. The order of the first three will be revealed at the end of the evening. Project WILD is a development program aimed at helping the careers of emerging country and roots musicians in Alberta. This is the fifth and final year of the program. Past winners include Mariel Buckley (2019) and The Prairie States (2018).

– Nominated for the prestigious 2022 A2IM Liberia Awards Presented by Merlin were announced. These awards honor independent artists and labels, and Canadians are doing well this year, with those who have distinguished themselves including Canadian Brass, The Weather Station, Caribou, Keys ‘N Krates, BadBadNotGood and Charlotte Day Wilson. The awards will be presented at an in-person gala in New York City on June 16 that will be streamed live on YouTube. More information here.

– After an absence of four years, the Arts and Crafts– produced the Toronto Summer Music Festival Excursion returned to Fort York on July 9. Performers include Nathaniel Rateliff, Peach Pit, Rheostatics, Valley, Busty and The Bass, Pierre Kwenders, Haviah Mighty, Kurt Vile and Lucy Dacus. Tix and info here.

Arcade Fire will perform on The 2022 Broadcast of the Juno Awards, CARAS and CBC announced. The Montreal band delivered a crowd-pleasing performance at the 2018 awards show. This year’s event will take place at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto on Sunday, May 15.

– A reminder that applications for NXNE in Toronto this summer close tomorrow (March 25) at 5 p.m. ET. There are no fees to apply here.

– This year marks justin bieber15 years since it was first uploaded on its official channel on Youtube, the platform that first propelled him to stardom. This clip of Bieber singing Ne-yo’s So Sick has had over 10 million views). He now has 67 million subscribers on YouTube and over 27 billion views on his official artist channel. A few years ago, YouTube launched the Artist on The Rise feature, which expanded to Canada in 2020. The program helps discover local artists and identifies those to watch. Artist on the Rise’s current list of 5 Canadian artists includes RealestK, Lauren Spencer-Smith, Dream, Tesherand Faouzia.

SiriusXM Canada announced the eight semi-finalists of its 4th edition top of the country competetion. Focused on emerging artists and organized in partnership with the CCMA, the contest provides contestants with performance opportunities, a SOCAN songwriting camp and industry mentorships, and has $25,000 up for grabs. The semi-finalists are Devin Cooper Mallory Johnson Five Roses Josh Ross Danielle Ryan Kyle McKearney ABSACHA and Shantaia. More info about the artists here.

– Cape Breton Rootsy Quintet Pretty Archie released a self-titled album (the band’s sixth) last month and are embarking on a FACTOR-supported Ontario tour next week. It begins at Irene’s in Ottawa on March 30, followed by shows in Owen Sound, Sarnia, Toronto, Hamilton, London and Kingston. Details and here add a video

– The City of Surrey, British Columbia, launched the Surrey Music Strategy community engagement website where local music industry experts, musicians, business owners and residents can offer their thoughts on Surrey’s pre-pandemic and current music economy. The survey will help create sustainable, actionable and measurable recommendations that support the short and long term development of music in Surrey. Local residents and music players can contribute here

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